Charlie Sykes et al have been exhorting John McCain to "take off the gloves" and really pound Barack Obama on stuff people don't care about (William Ayers). In the town hall debate tonight, McCain revealed he's as big a wimp as Charlie Sykes. He and Sarah Palin will assail Obama when he's not around and whip up crowds into a hate-filled frenzy. When they're on the same stage? Not so much.
John Cole nails it:
Finally, I guess when it boils down to iis that, McCain, for all his tough guy talk, is just a tired old wimp. Given ninety minutes to go after Obama like he and his partner and his surrogates have the past few days, and he said nothing. Given all that time to question Obama’s patriotism, to question his background, to suggest he does not support the troops, and McCain refused to do it. Why didn’t he look him in the eyes and call him Sen. Hussein like his surrogates aredoing? Or is that just supposed to be in the background, to make Obama look suspect, to accuse him of being in league with terrorists- but like every punk and every bully he can’t own up to it himself.
On the other hand, Obama, every time he landed a punch, it was something he has done above board, in public. There is no scummy underbelly launching into questions of character- all his punches were fair, legitimate, and issue based. All his punches were on things he had mentioned before, publicly, things he is man enough to put in his commercials and repeat right in John McCain’s face.
What a sad, pathetic, small man John McCain has turned into right before our very eyes.
The Brawler can't wait to see how Charlie Sykes and Rick "Ese" Esenberg spin this debate into a McCain victory.